Everton have announced that Simone Magill will depart at end of season after nine years at the club.
Magill joined Everton in March 2013 from Mid-Ulster and have since gone on to score over 30 goals in over 100 appearances across all competitions for the Toffees, as well as feature in two FA Cup Finals in 2014 and 2020 where Everton finished runner-up on both occasions.
2017 saw Magill become the first Northern Ireland female international to sign a full-time professional contract, whilst she also helped Everton win the 2017 WSL2 Spring Series title which led to promotion after Notts County Ladies had folded during that season.
Speaking to everton.tv about her decision to depart the club, Magill admitted that it was “never an easy decision,” to depart after nine years in which she had “grown to love the Club, the fans, the people and what it stands for.”
On what leaving Everton means to her, Magill continued: “To leave this club will be very sad. Everton is filled with fantastic people.
“I wish the Club all the best and I have no doubt our paths will cross again sometime in the future.”
Magill also conducted extensive work within the community for Everton and she reflected on how playing for Everton and giving back to local fans off the pitch highlighted to her the “core values” of the club .
Reflecting on the importance of the club and their work within the local community, Magill added: “I just loved to be a part of Everton and I’m so proud to represent the Club and what it stands for.
“”The work they do in the wider community, I’m so passionate about that as well. To be attached to a club like that is a huge reason why I’ve stayed as long as I have.”
Magill also praised Everton fans for showing “phenomenal” support despite the difficulties of this campaign as she commented: “It’s been a tough season, but they have stuck by us through thick and thin.”
Everton released the following statement in light of Magill’s decision to leave the club; “Everton would like to thank Simone for her fine service and everyone at the Club wishes her well for the future.”